About Stuff to Blow Your Mind

Meet STBYM hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick. Photo by Bonnie J. Heath Photography

Prepare for a trip down the rabbit hole as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick lead you on a scientific journey to the very limits of human understanding. “Stuff to Blow Your Mind” examines neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and the technological underpinnings of our transhuman future.

Meet the Hosts

Robert Lamb
Photo by Bonnie J. Heath Photography

Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for local newspapers before becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He served as senior writer and host at How Stuff Works and co-created the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind. He has co-hosted the podcast since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, Robert enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie to various museums and natural wonders, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction. You can read his various nonfiction work at How Stuff Works, Atlas Obscura and Tor.com. His fictional endeavors make their home here.

Joe McCormick
Photo by Bonnie J. Heath Photography

Joe McCormick is a writer and a host of the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind, on which he has had the opportunity to spend his days exploring bizarre fascinations such as techno-religions, prehistoric sea monsters and the origins of consciousness. He now lives in Atlanta with his wife Rachael and an extremely dangerous canid named Charles Darwin. In his free time, he likes to relax by cooking intolerably spicy food and settling down with a nice, stiff Atomic Age monster movie. Once when he was a kid, his supremely kind and generous grandmother let him crack open an old thermostat so he could get at the mercury switch. He is still grateful for this experience.

Contact the Hosts

Reach out to us to share stories, provide episode ideas, file a correction, send us press releases or book us for appearances. We're also happy to dive into review copies of your books and music.

E-mail: blowthemind at howstuffworks dot com

Mail: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. Suite 4500, Atlanta, GA 30308.

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What Came Before

"Stuff to Blow Your Mind" began life in January 2010 as "Stuff From the Science Lab," hosted by HSW Science Writer Robert Lamb and HSW Science Editor Allison Loudermilk. Later that Year, Julie Douglas joined the team and co-hosted the re-branded STBYM podcast with Robert until her departure in June 2015. That's when Joe McCormick and Christian Sager came aboard. Christian left the show in November 2017.